Trentham School

Learning and succeeding together

Background

General Information

Absences

It is very important that you contact the school before 9am if your child is going to be absent. The office staff follow up when this does not happen and then if necessary the Truancy Service. It is also very important to inform the office of any change to phone numbers, so you can be contacted if your child is sick, hurt or there is another sort of emergency.

Before & After School Care

The YMCA currently run a Before and After School Care programme on our school site. For more information email y-kids@ymcawellington.org.nz or phone 04 568 3252.

Bicycles / Scooters

We accept Police advice that only children ten and over should ride to school unaccompanied. Safety helmets are essential protection for your child and we require any child riding to or from school to wear one. This is still the responsibility of parents even though they are at school. Guidelines are available from the office for parents who want their child to bring their cycles/scooters into the school grounds.

Cell Phones / Valuable Items

Children are not encouraged to bring cell phones or any other valuable objects to school. The school takes no responsibility for them. If, with your permission, your child has to have a cell phone with them, then like any valuable item it must be given to the class teacher during the day.

Cultural Events

Children are not only encouraged to participate in the various arts but also to attend professional performances of the arts that take place here from time to time.

Dental Clinic

We have a dental clinic on our grounds with the entrance further down Moonshine Road. Contact can be made with the dental therapist by ringing the dental clinic number 0800 TALK TEETH.

ESOL

We have a part time teacher responsible for students who have English as a second language. She has up to date knowledge of effective teaching and learning for English language learners and works hard to assist students to reach their appropriate level.

Newsletters / Website

We try to keep parents informed of school news and activities. Newsletters are emailed to parents every alternate Wednesday and placed on the school website: www.trentham.school.nz. A paper copy will come home with your eldest child if you do not have an email address. School activities and term dates are on the website to help families who like to plan ahead. Please let the office know if you do not want your newsletter emailed to you.

Parent Feedback

The parents of newly enrolled children are encouraged to provide the school with feedback as to how the first 6-8 weeks have been for their child(ren).  A form will be mailed home for parents to complete and return.

Parents are regularly asked to provide feedback on various aspects of the school. This forms part of our review process and lets us know what we’re doing well and what needs improving.

Parental Involvement in Classrooms

While parent help is welcomed in classrooms / programmes it does not suit everyone. For those it does, it brings with it certain obligations including confidentiality and a sensitivity to what teachers and their class are involved in by making sure there are no distractions.

The bottom line, that is sometimes forgotten, is that a classroom is a teacher’s work place. Any visits or help in the classroom is after prior arrangement with the teacher concerned, just like any other work place.

The very busy 2.30 – 3.00 pm time slot when teachers are finishing off the day’s programme as well as getting the children ready to go home is the least appropriate time to visit.

Reporting to Parents

The school has four formal reporting sessions per year. There are parent/teacher/child conferences in Term 1 and 3. A formal written report is sent home at the end of Term 2 and the end of the school year (December). National Standards summary reports are sent home at the required time set by the Ministry of Education. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s class teacher to discuss their child’s progress, as required.

School Donations

The Board of Trustees reviews school donations annually and endeavours to keep our school donations as low as possible. Currently donations are set at:

Child Number    PER TERM    PER YEAR    
One child family $16.25 $65.00
Two children $21.25 $85.00
Three children + $22.50 $90.00

There is a $5 discount per child if paid before the end of week two in Term 2.

Although school donations are voluntary parents are encouraged to pay as Government funding does not meet the costs of all the needs for educating our children.

Payment Options:

  1. Full payment before the end of the first week in Term 2 - a $5 deduction, or
  2. Quarterly payments made at the beginning of each term, or
  3. Direct to school bank account: ASB Upper Hutt 123478-0036559-00, please put child’s name, room number and school donation.
  4. Other payment plans approved by the Board of Trustees.
  5. Please pay by cash or a cheque made payable to Trentham School.

School Hours

Morning:

8.55am to 10.30am
10.50am to 12.30pm

Lunchtime: 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Afternoon: 1.30pm to 3.00pm

We start the school day at 5 minutes to 9.00am and finish at 3.00pm. We expect all children to be at school on time so their learning is not affected.

School Patrols

Our school patrollers supervise the crossings on Fergusson Drive and Moonshine Road before and after school. Students and parents are asked to co-operate with the school patrol and road wardens and use the crossings. We ask that you meet the requirements of the NZ Road Code by parking well clear of the crossing area, bus stops and yellow lines.

School Trips

Traditionally parents and caregivers have been asked to sign a permission form prior to students going on each visit or activity out of the school grounds. In order to streamline processes we ask that on enrolment parents give permission for students to participate in the wide range of opportunities our students are offered outside of the school. The blanket permission would cover trips in the Hutt Valley area only. The blanket parental permission would not cover trips out of the Hutt Valley area and school camps. A separate permission form will be required for these trips.

Parents will still be informed of each coming activity, i.e. date, time, venue, clothing required, purpose and cost of the visit. If you wish to withdraw your child from the activity you need to send a note to your child’s teacher advising him/her. All activities will comply with the school’s Risk Management requirements and your child will be supervised at all times. When travelling in private cars all students will be in a warranted and registered car, with a fully licensed driver and wearing a seat belt. This permission will be valid for the entire time your child attends Trentham School.

It is important that any money required is returned by the deadline so children do not miss out. Please be aware that we are unable to give refunds due to a budgeted cost for trips.

Stationery

The school office carries a range of stationery needs and these are available from February and throughout the year. New Entrant packs are sold here and some Year 2 – 6 stationery. Teachers will supply students with a list of stationery requirements at the end of the year, and to each new student, beginning of year stationery. Stationery requirements are listed on our website.

Sunsmart

Trentham School has a Sun Smart policy of “no hat, no play” for Terms 1 and 4. This restricts unprotected children to designated shade areas only. Parents are asked to provide their children with a sun hat during these two terms.

SUPAkidz Assembly

SUPAkidz Assemblies are designed to encourage children to think about the way they live and to make good life choices. They explore values and beliefs from a Christian perspective.

The team is overseen by Scripture Union, an interdenominational organization, and uses leaders from the local churches. The assemblies are based around the core value from the New Zealand Curriculum that is being promoted by the school each term. Assembles run once a term for about an hour and are fun and interactive.

All students will participate in SUPAkidz Assemblies unless the school is notified by parents.

Swimming

All students have the opportunity to participate in an intensive daily swimming programme for three weeks twice a year, which takes place in our heated indoor swimming pool. From this children can then take part in the annual interschool swimming sports or after school Flippaball (mini water polo) competition that takes place at H2O Xtream. Students are required to wear swimming caps which can be purchased from the school. There is also after school and weekend swimming classes in our pool taken by Swim Professionals, 5279172.

Text Alerts for Trentham School Parents

If parents would like live messages sent directly to their mobile phone from our Trentham Facebook page simply text the words follow trmsch to 8987. There is absolutely no cost to receive our text messages.

We can keep parents up to date with:

  • Daily event reminders
  • Celebrations of neat things happening at school
  • Urgent updates/postponements/cancellations
  • Info on class trips/sudden changes of plan

If parents ever want to stop texts from school send OFF@trmsch to 8987.